10:00 PM: Hello everyone and welcome to Khel Now’s LIVE COVERAGE of the Riyadh All Stars vs Paris Saint-Germain match. The kick-off is just half an hour away! I’m your host Subham Mukherjee, and I’ll be keeping you company through what promises a fascinating evening of football. Please wait for 30 Seconds for the Live blog to load.

Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo is slated to take place when Riyadh All-Stars plays PSG in an exhibition match

A team combined of Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal will compete against the PSG team. The stadium will be packed with spectators eager to see Ronaldo and Messi square off in a friendly encounter. Despite having signed the contract in December, Ronaldo will make his debut for the Saudi club as their captain.

While it will be staged as a friendly match, Messi’s PSG will undoubtedly have the 2022 World Cup champion on the field. And Christophe Galtier will certainly use this game as a confidence booster for the team after a 1-0 loss to Rennes.

Kick-off: 10:30 pm IST, 5 pm GMT (19 January)

PSG form (all competition): W-L-W-W-W

Players to watch

Riyadh All-Stars

Cristiano Ronaldo

Saudi supporters will be hoping to see their eagerly anticipated superstar play for the first time since his signing in December. Ronaldo hasn’t played since the World Cup, so there will be a large amount of support for the player who will light up the game with his attributes.

PSG

Lionel Messi

While there will be different sections of fans who will support the Argentine. Messi will be ready to awestruck his fans with his magic. After his spearheading his nation to a World Cup triumph Messi’s next task will be leading the club to its maiden Champions League victory.

Injury and team news

Ronaldo and another star from Manchester United, Odion Ighalo, will also be present at the All-Star game. Salem Al-Dawsari, who scored a goal against Argentina during the World Cup will start. While former Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina is ruled out due to an elbow injury.

Galtier is unlikely to field Presnel Kimpembe, Marco Verratti and Nuno Mendes, Peter Sarabia to avoid taking any chances.  The remainder will undoubtedly be included in this friendly.

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Predicted lineup

All-Stars predicted lineup (4-3-3):

Al-Owais; Abdulhamid, Gonzalez, Hyun-soo, Konan; Cuellar, Al-Faraj, Talisca; Carillo, Ighalo, Ronaldo

PSG predicted lineup (4-3-2-1):

Navas; Hakimi, Ramos, Bitshiabu, Bernat; Vitinha, Sanches, Soler; Messi; Mbappe, Neymar

Prediction

The result of the match will not decide anything but both the managers will certainly field a strong eleven PSG are overflowing with quality players despite injuries to a few and we think they will overcome All-Stars with ease.

Prediction: All-Stars 1-4 PSG

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